February is American Heart Month , a designation intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and for ensuring strong cardiovascular health. Take a few minutes to read through some surprising facts about your heart and how it works.
It’s Not Located on the Left Side of Your Chest
Most people assume the heart is located on the left side of the chest, and it certainly seems that way because the heartbeat is detectable in that area. However, your heart is actually in the center of your chest, with a lung on either side. It feels as though it’s on the left side because it leans slightly to the left, causing the heartbeat to be detectable there.
It Circulates Six Quarts of Blood Each Day
The average human has about six quarts of blood in his or her body. The total volume of your blood circulates throughout your body three times during each minute. This means that in just one day, your blood travels an astonishing 12,000 miles !
Laughter Really Is Good for Your Heart
Laughter helps your heart by dramatically increasing blood circulation. It accomplishes this by relaxing and expanding the lining of your blood vessels. If you’re feeling stressed, consider watching a comedy to reduce your blood pressure.
Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real
Broken heart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is indeed a real medical concern. In response to severe stress – such as bereavement or divorce – a rush of stress hormones can temporarily overwhelm your heart, causing chest pain and shortness of breath.
Southern Hills Hospital features an accredited Chest Pain Center, which provides emergency care 24/7 to residents of the Las Vegas area. Our hospital is fully equipped with the latest technology for fast diagnoses and swift treatment in the event of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. In addition to emergency care, our hospital offers orthopedic services, maternity care, and geriatric psychiatric assessments including outpatient and inpatient treatment for grief and loss if you are suffering from broken heart syndrome. Contact us at (702) 880-2100 for more information.